Event: Origins of Colouration in Invertebrates

Field Studies Council

4th June 20202


Cost: £0 - £5

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Virtual Meet Ups (VMUs)

The FSC have started running Virtual Meet Ups in response to the COVID-19 lockdown. These are free webinars about natural history and biological recording. We cover a range of topics from invertebrate identification to wildlife survey techniques amd we're also teaming up with other organisations to help promote their work and projects you can get involved with.

Origins of Colouration in Invertebrates 

Damien Leech will be our guest speaker in this VMU, he is a Research Associate at the Centre for Fine Print Research (University of the West of England), with a background in material science and physics.

Colour/pattern recognition is a common cornerstone of animal identification, however, the processes by which animals actually display colour is incredibly complex. Beyond the simple pigmented systems, that also form the basis of our paints and inks, the natural world commonly utilises sophisticated nanoscale architectures that selectively interact with incoming light and produce colours that glimmer and vary with viewing angle. In this talk, we discuss some of the origins of colouration in invertebrates, the common structures and materials that compose them and why these colours are so striking and often iridescent.

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